Dwelling with seasonal neighbours

During the summer of 2018, a temporal pavilion or House for Seasonal Neighbours was installed in a typical Flemish landscape of fields, scattered houses, retail and infrastructure. An explanation board communicated to visitors and occasional passers-by in five languages that “it is a monument for the homeless presence of seasonal labourers in the region” and invited them to enter. As a simple gesture, the intervention sits on the intersection of more complex evolutions in Belgian horticulture and European migration. Its creation was part of a larger artistic research project into the lived spaces of migrant labourers, by three befriended architects and with Ciel Grommen as the main initiator.

University/Design-Architectural Studio An occasional collective composed of Ciel Grommen, Maximiliaan Royakkers and Dieter Leyssen
Project lead
Ciel Grommen
the Flemish Government (projectsubsidies kunst- en erfgoed), Z33 Flacc (workplace for visual artists), the municipality of Borgloon, the Farmer's Union (Boerenbond)
Construction, care, networks, spheres